Origins

Origins


Transport links between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland are of critical importance to the Isles of Scilly and its tourism dependent economy.  In 2011 the Government decided not to fund a replacement ferry/freight vessel after 7 years of project planning.  As a result the current 35 year old vessel is having its operational life extended from 35 to 41 years.  In parallel, BIH, the operator of the helicopter service from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly has decided to cease operations from Penzance in Oct 2012 and sell the heliport site.  This leaves just one fixed wing, weather vulnerable, air service to provide a passenger service to the islands for 5 months of the year.


FRIST has been created to help ensure a better understanding of islanders' transport needs and the unsustainability of current transport arrangements.  There has been underinvestment in transport infrastructure supporting the Isles of Scilly and this is threatening dire consequences for the islands' tourist based economy and adverse effects on the economy of Penzance & West Cornwall

FRIST seeks a reliable, affordable, all year round lifeline transport links with the mainland. FRIST seeks no more and no less than the service provided for comparable islands elsewhere in the UK.


4 comments:

  1. Hi FRIST

    Very happy to support this group and promote the issue. I have added a link from http://www.lovescilly.co.uk/index.php/ios-community/isles-of-scilly-links
    Best wishes
    Anthony

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    1. I was thinking that the Royal Navy, at Culdrose, train many helicopter pilots continually. Instead of simply flying unproductive training flights why don't you get them to send one to the islands every day? It makes sense, methinks, until the MOD come up with shed loads of red tape, that is. The community do pay for these machines and pilots, surely they could do something?

      Dr. Robert L. Onions

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  2. Bristow Helicopters have the contract to carry out all SAR duties around the United Kingdom from 2015. They will be using two types of modern helicopters, the Sikorsky S92 and the smaller Augusta Westland AW189. Has this company been approached for their consideration? As this project will require an experienced operator.

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  3. I believe our MP (Andrew George) has been exploring helicopter options. The sticking point is a commercially viable ticket price. Anything much £200 (return) is seen as unrealistic for the kind of passenger numbers needed to make the service commercially viable.

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